IT Is a Battlefield

The ancient Greek historian Plutarch famously said that when Alexander the Great “saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer.” This is a fitting statement from a military commander who never lost a battle. Similar dominance is sought after today in every field: politics, entertainment, sports and certainly IT. Our forums recently saw a poster who finds no more cert worlds to conquer and weeps at what he perceives as a lack of breadth in his domain.

“Even with having an MBA with a focus in information security, I am unable to find a higher position than where I am at,” said CertMag forum poster Cymric. “Despite the fact that I have my A+, Network+, I-Net+, Security+, CIW, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCSA: Security and MCSE: Security, my current employer is unwilling to advance me or give me the experience I crave. Thus I am seeking employment elsewhere. Where can one go or what can one do in order to receive experience? My employer’s usual response is ‘What are you going to do with that?’ Our Security Group is something to admire as well … NOT!

“I didn’t even ask my employer for reimbursement so it didn’t cost them anything for me to go!” Cymric exclaimed. “Prior to my graduating with my master’s degree I would schedule a meeting with the CIO and the security supervisor to see how I could best use my new skills and benefit the organization.…



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